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Roberto Siqueira Carneiro

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 1989

Brazil
Roberto Siqueira Carneiro is reintroducing rare monkeys into threatened ecosystems, starting with the remnants of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest. Since the monkey can not survive unless the forest is healthy, engaging popular support for the monkeys should be an effective means of protecting the... Read more

José Américo Silva Fontes

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1992

Brazil
Dr. Jose Americo Silva Fontes is a pediatrician specializing in neonatal care from the northeastern city of Salvador. He has invented numerous medical devices that are lifesaving, simple, and affordable. He is now launching a foundation to put the equipment and know how that he has developed to use... Read more

Leila Novak

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1999

Brazil
Leila Novak has come up with a way to address the social and economic needs of people who live in and around garbage dumps in small municipalities. Her approach meets the needs of families who scavenge for a living as well as the increasing desire of municipal governments to reduce the space needed... Read more

Wilson Passeto

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

Brazil
Wilson Passeto is empowering ordinary citizens to take steps to combat urban water scarcity, by providing them with a series of incentives and technical innovations to reduce their water consumption. He offers training and support to a growing cohort of “water agents,” who then help to change the... Read more
José Dias is empowering small farmers in Northeastern Brazil to collectively manage and appropriate resources for drought-resistant technologies. His model aims to break the dependence of small-scale farmers on government support by providing them with sufficient autonomy to invest in new... Read more

Nicolas Métro

Ashoka Fellow since May 2012

France
Nicolas Metro is redefining forest preservation as a human development issue, one that reaches far beyond environmental conservation. By positioning trees as central actors in creating economic opportunities and addressing social issues, Nicolas develops simple ways for companies and local... Read more

Luís Otávio Felipe Ribeiro

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 2012

Brazil
Through Catarse, Luis Otávio Ribeiro is pioneering a new way of mobilizing citizens to be more active in the citizen sector, by using technology to enable participation. Read more

Dennis Lennartsson

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2013

Sweden

Dennis left European Sign Language Center in September 2015.

After 6 years of elevating sign language to serve a richer purpose Ashoka Fellow Dennis Lennartsson shifted his work to focus on creating a web tool for sign language translation in developing countries, founding SignReader which he now...

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Edward Edilbi

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2014

Canada

Edward Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status...

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Jonathan Mativo

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2014

Kenya
Jonathan has created a model that brings technology education to communities through village-level training camps and a two month curriculum that has allowed him to reach over 16,000 people in less than three years. Jonathan has designed this program to suit the needs of his target population - the... Read more